Healthier Cookie Dough Balls

Hi.

My name is Courtney.

It’s been two weeks since I baked and/or ate a real dessert.

(No, these do not count – they are for breakfast.)

I think I might be slowly going insane.  Seriously, the last dessert I baked and ate was our pie on Fourth of July.  And I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed something chocolate-y.

I needed an intervention, stat… so I was very glad when I saw these healthy cookie dough balls.

I was excited to find a way to enjoy something sweet with chocolate, while still sticking (mostly) to our healthy eating (I refuse to call it a diet).

The Recipe:

Healthier Cookie Dough Balls, adapted from Bake Your Day

¼ c whole wheat flour

1-¼ c oats

1 t cinnamon

¼ t salt

1/2 scoop protein powder

½ c creamy peanut butter

¼ c applesauce, all natural/no sugar added

⅓ c all-natural maple syrup

1 T honey

2 t vanilla

¼ c dark chocolate chips

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk the flour, oats, cinnamon, salt, and protein powder; set aside.

Cream the peanut butter, applesauce, maple syrup, honey and vanilla in a large bowl until well-combined.  Add the flour and oats mixture and stir until combined.  Add dark chocolate chips and stir well.

Scoop heaping tablespoons of dough and roll into balls.  (I just used a small ice-cream scooper.) Recipe makes about 12-16 dough balls.

Refrigerate before serving.

{Printable Recipe}

The Results:

Yep, this pretty much did the trick.

The dough tastes similar to most (peanut butter chocolate chip) cookie doughs I may have allegedly sampled in the past.  And it so filled my craving for something bad – without being that bad.

They are a little sticky, so be prepared to wash your hands afterwards.  But it’s a small price to pay for a little sanity happiness.

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We’ll be out-of-town camping this weekend and won’t return until Tuesday… so don’t expect to hear from me until Wednesday.  And wish us luck – a two-year old and five-year old… in a tent… for several days.  Oh, boy.

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16 thoughts on “Healthier Cookie Dough Balls

  1. So I already ate my dessert for the night and now you have me craving more. 🙂 Cookie dough balls. I like this idea. I have a serious love for cookie dough. And I’m impressed…I can’t go that long without desserts. And if I did, I can guarantee what I’d make would not be remotely healthy to make up for it. 😉

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  2. Well, if you had to stray, these are certainly the way to go. They’re about as healthy a cookie dough treat that you could make and still remain tasty.
    I hope you guys have a great camping trip. What wonderful memories you’ll bring home! Have fun!

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  3. All I need is the applesauce. Excuse me–I have to run to the store. Cookie Dough Balls? OMG, what could be healthier (big grin!)?

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  4. That sounds so yummy and hey! There’s no sugar in there. It’s gotta be a low calorie one!! Or at least we’d like to think so! But yeah I totally get what you mean! I’ve been a little deprived of desserts and kinda stuffed myself with more than I should today… lol. By the way when I say “deprived” I’m talking about eating desserts 3 times a week instead of every day. haha. Have lots of fun on your camping trip Court!!

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